CN conductors' strike averted after company and Teamsters union reach new tentative labour agreement

CN conductors' strike averted after company and Teamsters union reach new 
tentative labour agreement 
MONTREAL, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced 
today that it has reached a new tentative collective agreement with the 
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons 
(TCRC-CTY). 
The parties' negotiation of a new tentative agreement averts a threatened 
strike by the union at 0001 hours Eastern Standard Time Feb. 8, 2014. The 
TCRC-CTY represents approximately 3,000 CN train conductors, trainpersons, 
yardpersons and traffic coordinators on CN's network in Canada. 
Details of the three-year labour contract are being withheld pending 
ratification. 
Jim Vena, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: "We 
commend the leadership of the TCRC-CTY for reaching consensus with the company 
and averting a possible strike. This will ensure continued service to our 
customers in a very challenging environment where extreme winter conditions 
have hampered CN operations and affected service levels. 
"CN has offered to work closely with the union leadership to explain the terms 
of the agreement to union members over the next 45 days to help ensure a 
successful ratification of the agreement." 
CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion 
worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from 
resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail 
network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN - Canadian National Railway 
Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities 
and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, 
and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, 
Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, 
Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information 
on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca. 
Forward-Looking Statements 
Certain information included in this news release is "forward-looking 
statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities 
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws. CN cautions 
that, by their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks, 
uncertainties and assumptions. The Company cautions that its assumptions may 
not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, 
although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater 
uncertainty. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future 
performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other 
factors which may cause the actual results or performance of the Company or 
the rail industry to be materially different from the outlook or any future 
results or performance implied by such statements. Important risk factors that 
could affect the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, 
the effects of general economic and business conditions, industry competition, 
inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, 
legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws 
and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt 
operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods 
and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, 
uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and 
litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks 
detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators 
in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's 
Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual 
Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities 
regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risks. 
CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to 
reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless 
required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update 
any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make 
additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any 
other forward-looking statement.
 

SOURCE  CN 
Contacts: 
Media Mark Hallman Director, Communications & Public Affairs (905) 669-3384 
Investors Janet Drysdale Vice-President, Investor Relations (514) 399-0052 
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